Weekly Course Outline
(Subject to Change as needed)
9/10 – Introduction to the course, our course syllabus, due dates and requirements. Student introductions. Reflective writing exercise. “What does it mean to be an Artist?” Writing about your art, an introduction to the thesis writing and art criticism template. Preparing an outline, draft, and final paper.
9/17 – Video presentation, The Artist Interview. We will screen various interviews with today’s top contemporary artists. (Turrell, Hirst, Koons, Ambramovic & more) Class Discussion follows. Introduction to the Artist interview project/writing assignment.
9/24 – In class writing workshop, The Artist Interview. Students will choose a partner to interview, and be interviewed by. Class discussion follows.
*DUE: Thesis / Research paper outline.
10/1 –The Artist Manifesto/Personal Statement. Why is this important? In class writing workshop: We will examine the manifestos of several diverse artists over a historical timeline. Technique, Process & Execution.
10/8 – Class Trip to the current exhibition @ The Hillwood Art Museum on campus. This will be a guided tour with a Museum representative. Class discussion follows. Students will post a written reaction to the exhibition on our class blog.
*DUE: Written Artist Interview (printed hard copy.)
10/15– Candy Chang’s The “Before I Die” instructional /introduction. We will also be discussing our Class collaboration project. Introduction and concept generating session. An in class group brainstorming exercise will take place. We will be viewing the works of several artist collaborations over a historical timeline.
*DUE: Midterm Artist Statement / Personal Artist Manifesto is Due. This will be posted onto our class blog.
10/22 – Candy Chang’s The “Before I Die” collaboration project. Installation and participation at the Student Art League Gallery in the Hillwood Commons. Students will meet in the SAL gallery at 5pm on this evening. Class discussion and a reaction will be posted on our class blog.
10/29 – Before I Die – opening reception in the SAL Gallery in Hillwood. Directly after,
Guest Artist Visit, Presentation, & Critique #1.
Students will post a reaction to the guest artist presentation. What were the most insightful and or important aspects of this experience? How will this experience affect your work here on after? This reaction will be posted on our class blog.
11/2 – Saturday – Class Trip to the Chris Wool Exhibition @ The Guggenheim Museum, NYC. Meeting time TBA. This will be a guided tour with a Museum representative. Students will post a written reaction of the exhibition on our class blog.
11/5 – Guest Artist Visit, Presentation, & Critique #2.
*Students will bring in one piece of current work for critique and discussion with our guest artist. Students will post a reaction to the guest artist presentation as well as their reaction to the critique. What were the most insightful and or important aspects of this experience? How will this experience affect your work here on after? This reaction will be posted on our class blog.
11/12 – No Class. Follow a Monday Class Schedule.
11/19 – Class collaboration project critique. Both student groups will present their collaborative projects. Class critique and documentation.
11/26 – Thesis / Research Paper Revision workshop. We will be discussing the revision process. Students will discuss and edit drafts of each other’s papers. *DUE: Thesis Draft / Research Paper. (Bring two hard copies to class)
12/3 – Transcending the traditional role of the artist. Dealing with the Complex, Surreal and Subversive. Video Screening of Marina Ambramovic’s “Balkan Erotic Epic“ film. Joseph Beuys. Yoko Ono & Matthew Barney & More. In class writing exercise, Students will react and respond to the Ambramovic film on our class blog.
12/10 – Final Student Presentations, Group 1.
12/17 – Last class meeting – Final Student Presentations Continue, Group 2. *DUE: Final Thesis / Research paper is Due!